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4 St. Louis barbecue spots to try this summer

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There’s nothing better than barbecue on a sunny summer day, and these spots offer some of the very best in town.

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Burgers’ Smokehouse
Burgers’ Smokehouse is the nation's largest producer of cured and smoked meats, as well as cheeses, sides and desserts, and has been in business for nearly 100 years. Some of their top-selling items include the baby back ribs, either sauced or dry rubbed in full or half slabs. Specially selected, hand-spiced and carefully slow-cooked under the close supervision of an experienced smokemaster, they are considered by many to be the finest cut of pork. Order directly from the website or find their products in stores like Dierbergs, Schnucks, Straub's and more.
32819 Hwy. 87, California, MO, 800.624.5426,

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Dukes BBQ Shack
Duke’s BBQ Shack is located at the crossroads of America in historic downtown Wentzville under the water tower. Duke’s BBQ Shack strives to smoke and serve up the best roadside barbecue possible. From fries to slabs and all in between, everything is made in-house to elevate the barbecue experience. Duke’s is here to serve the people, smoke up excellent barbecue, and proud to be in America.
100 Ash St., Wentzville,

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Navin’s BBQ
Navin’s BBQ owner Chris Armstrong grew up both in central Texas and the Kansas City area, so Navin’s BBQ offers a perfect hybrid of those two styles. They use an all-wood, off-set smoker to cook their meats and utilize oak and hickory woods for a delectably smoky flavor. The Jerk sandwich is the signature sandwich at Navin’s and is popular with the masses. There are also several smoked vegetarian and vegan options for those who don’t eat meat products or those just looking to up their veggie intake. Located in the South Grand Business District, Navin’s is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
3559 Arsenal St., St. Louis, 314.449.1185,

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Pappy’s Smokehouse Family
Celebrate all that is summer in St. Louis with the Pappy’s Smokehouse family! Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the barbecue crew at Pappy’s is here to serve you at two locations – Midtown St. Louis and St. Peters, just off I-70 near Mid Rivers Mall. Experience a different twist on barbecue when you visit Pappy’s sister stores: Bogart’s Smokehouse in Soulard and Dalie’s Smokehouse in Valley Park. Stop in at Southern (located next to Pappy’s in Midtown) for some delicious Nashville hot chicken. From catering to dine in to carry out, Pappy’s crews can guarantee great food and good times.